5 Inexpensive Gadgets All New Parents Should Own : The Saturday Weekend Review #220

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BABY SHOWER GIFT THESE GOODIES HAVE BEEN THE BEST PARENTING INVESTMENTS YET.   I’m sure many parents reading this can think back to some baby gadgets or products which made their new role as parents a bit easier. Hands up if you’re one of those parents who bought too much useless baby stuff just because you thought you’d need it. Yes, that was us. >>>Both hands in the air. Now that our son is almost 3 years-old (wow where did the time go) Mrs. CBB and I have gone through boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of baby clothes (I know, right?) and piles of stuff we never used. The biggest problem was that we read too much, believed too much and fell into the “new parent syndrome” mode making sure we were fully stocked with what we needed. Related: How having a baby affected our monthly budget I will admit that we have boxes of baby diapers that haven’t been opened yet, clothes that still have the tags and other crazy things that have never come out of the box. We have a formula mixer that we bought just in case our son […]

How to get richer before you retire : The Saturday Weekend Review #109

RETIRE RICHER IF YOU CAN   No one wants to retire broke and if you don’t want to be that person there are things you can do to make you richer before retirement. How much do you need before you retire? Only you can answer that question because I don’t know what type of lifestyle you want to live or how much debt you will have etc. Talk to your financial advisor for clarification if you have one or make the call yourself.   It’s Your Money   It’s nobody’s business what you do with your money but your own. No one can tell you how to spend it, save it or invest it but you. Believe me when I say some people always stick their nose into the finances of everyone else but their own. I’ve always said that no one will care more about your retirement but yourself. If you believe that then you have already invested time into finding ways to make sure your retirement days are comfortably padded with enough cash to fund what you want and need to do. You earn the money, you do what you want with it. BUT…there will always be someone […]

How to avoid home buying mistakes the first time

HOME SWEET HOME COSTS MONEY   Buying a house to make a home for you and your family can be a stressful time for anyone, especially when it’s your first home. We no longer wanted to rent any more so looking for our first home was something that came fast and furious for us. With that comes the urgency to own a home and sometimes you overlook some of the obvious concerns. I certainly won’t be making some of these mistakes next time around. I can remember the endless trolling through MLS listings online and then booking an appointment with our real estate agent to go and view them. Some houses definitely viewed better through photos rather than real life, but it’s always something every house hunter has to endure. When buying a house everyone has a list of wants and needs and a general style that they are looking for. For us, a more modern house was an easier choice due to lower maintenance costs and less chance that there was going to be hidden problems. The trouble for any couple or family starts when they discover hidden issues with the house they thought was perfectly fine. Other life events can throw […]

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